I created this Chocolate Overload Brownie recipe just so I could get something off my chest.
Snobbery. I can’t stand it. It comes in all forms. It crosses all facets of life. And it starts early in life. In grade school, who’s wearing the designer sneakers and the $300 jacket and it never ends. As we get older, the topics change but the attitude is still there. I’m better than you because or I look down on you because…
I realized yesterday, there is Food snobbery in the blog world. There was a question in a G+ Hang out for bloggers (I really recommend you watch this if you want to improve your writing skills,) The question was “What are the panelists thought on beautiful photography, beautiful writing but the ingredient lists that read boxed cake mix, candy coating, pie filling, corn nuts, etc?” I realize the person who made this comment meant no offence but I was offended, I was outraged. My feelings were hurt. I lost sleep over this comment.
Here’s a little background about me. I grew up in a single parent home. My mom worked full time. It was the birth of the Microwave and TV dinners were the rage. McDonald’s was just a baby along with all the other fast food joints. Hamburger Helper came along. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Instant this, instant that came on the market. My mom didn’t have time to cook meals that took hours to prepare, nor did she want to, she wasn’t a very good cook. These were the things we ate.
The one thing she did make, and I remember making with her, were her pound cakes. Guess what? They came from a box mix. Duncan Hines to be exact. It was printed on the side panel of every flavor they made. About twice a year, she would go nuts making them, Chocolate, Lemon, Strawberry, Orange. Probably about 20 loaf cakes. Then she’d freeze them and for the next few months we’d have pound cake available.
I still love that pound cake recipe.
Back to present day. Many households are either single parent or both parents work. Kids have more activities after school, we are busier than I ever remember being as a kid. My point is, There is nothing wrong with Boxed mixes! Yes from scratch is healthier, may taste better but not always, may be a little less expensive to make but what is the point of cooking and baking? For me, it’s to have my family all around the table at dinner time, spending time together, enjoying each other, catching up on each other’s day. With teenagers, some days, it’s the only time you see them. My family doesn’t care if I make a cake from a box mix or if I double sifted the cake flour and hand grated the chocolate. They appreciate the cake after the meal with a tall glass of milk. And they appreciate that I MADE the cake and didn’t pick it up at the bakery at Walmart.
I can (and do) bake from scratch. Have you seen my Chocolate Babka or my Petit Fours? But I’m also not afraid to use a box mix or cereal, Nestle Chocolate chips instead of Ghirardelli, Hershey’s Cocoa instead of a Dutch Processed Cocoa. Never be ashamed of the ingredients you use when cooking. Take pride that you got in the kitchen and got a few pans dirty. That’s what your family will remember.
So in honor of Box mixes and to thumb my nose at all the Food Snobs out there I’ve made these Brownies for you. No one even asked if they were made from scratch. They just asked for seconds.
Chocolate Overload Loaded Brownies
I’m sharing at some of these great parties!